Given just how scary dementia and Alzheimer’s is for people, it is not a surprise that there are many different things that people are doing to help reduce their odds of getting it or improve their quality of life once diagnosed.
One area of interest that makes perfect sense to me is blood pressure. When your blood pressure is high (here is a link to the new updated guidelines) Hint: the definition lowered the numbers considered high), you are putting your circulation system under undo stress and are putting yourself at risk of many things including stroke and one form of dementia is specifically tied to stroke.
Worried About Dementia? You Might Want to Check Your Blood Pressure is an article on NPR.org recently that goes into more detail in this area.
So what can you do? Obviously have your blood pressure checked regularly. However instead of just checking it every year until it gets too high and then taking a prescription drug, why not get ahead of the game by exercising and losing weight. Exercise is a great way to reduce blood pressure and has many other benefits as well.
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Sunset at Mt Baker
Boomerangfit is a group of Baby Boomers committed to returning to the fitness we once had in our 20s and 30s. There is no reason we need to succumb to the “normal” ramifications of age if we eat right, move, exercise, sleep, laugh and enjoy life. Additionally, we are committed to physical challenges that stretch our limits as well as help us raise money to for CureAlzheimers. Last year we focused on Spartan Obstacle races and this July we are climbing Mt Baker with the professional support of Alpine Ascents in Seattle. In the Cascade Mountains north of Seattle, Mt Baker stands 10,781 feet tall and our goal is to raise $1 per foot or $10,781 for the CureAlzheimers Fund. Click HERE if you would like to help.
Alzheimer’s Disease is a horrific fate for anyone and I know this first hand because my grandmother, my mother, my aunt as well as several neighbors and friends have either died from or are now suffering from this horrible disease.
Today, 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, up to 16 million will have the disease. Payments for care in 2012 were estimated to be $200 billion. Without a cure, these figures will nearly triple by the year 2050 and most likely bankrupt the healthcare system as we know it.
Since its founding, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has contributed more than $28,300,000 to research, and its funded initiatives have been responsible for a number of key breakthroughs. Cure Alzheimer’s Fund supports some of the best scientific minds in the field of Alzheimer’s research. Fully 100 percent of funds raised by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund go directly to research—the Board of Directors covers all overhead expenses.
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My mother and grandmother both died of Alzheimer’s Disease and I witnessed what a horrible fate this can be for a person, their family and friends. Today, 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, up to 16 million will have the disease. Payments for care in 2012 were estimated to be $200 billion. Without a cure, these figures will nearly triple by the year 2050.
Since my mother passed away I have been raising funds to cure Alzheimer’s. My brother and I have recently formed a team of Baby Boomers called Team BoomerangFit. We are all trying to improve our health and fitness, reduce the likelihood of diseases like Alzheimer’s affecting our own lives as well as raising money for the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. Our current challenge is a Spartan Trifecta – or three races with one of each the three distances – short, medium and long – in one year. Our third race will be the Spartan Beast (13 miles) in Killington, VT on September 19-20.
Since its founding, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has contributed more than $28,300,000 to research, and its funded initiatives have been responsible for a number of key breakthroughs. Cure Alzheimer’s Fund supports some of the best scientific minds in the field of Alzheimer’s research. Fully 100 percent of funds raised by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund go directly to research — the Board of Directors covers all overhead expenses.
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